Help make Suffolk the safest county

YOU could help in the drive to achieve 'Suffolk First' – the initiative to make Suffolk the safest County in England and Wales by 2006.Suffolk Police Authority is seeking to appoint five independent members from April 2003.

YOU could help in the drive to achieve 'Suffolk First' – the initiative to make Suffolk the safest County in England and Wales by 2006.

Suffolk Police Authority is seeking to appoint five independent members from April 2003. The Police Authority is a publicly accountable, independent body. It is the police authority's job to ensure that local people have a say in how they are policed and to hold the police force to account for the services delivered.

Chris Jackson, The Clerk to the Authority said: "It is important that people feel safe. By contributing to the work of the police authority, you could play your part in improving public confidence and reducing the fear of crime."

We are looking for people from all backgrounds and walks of life who:


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Are willing to seek out and listen to the views of local communities on policing issues.

Can challenge accepted views in a constructive way.

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Have an understanding of the policing needs of the community and the pressures and challenges facing the police.

Can represent a wide range of people in the community and act on their behalf.

Have skills and experience in areas such as performance management, IT, finance and community/race relations.

Suffolk Police Authority is committed to equal opportunities and we want our Authority to reflect the diversity of the Suffolk area. We are keen to encourage applications from black and minority ethnic communities, women, younger people, people with disabilities, gays, lesbians and other minority groups.

Applicants must be over 21, live or work in the County and be able to commit to a minimum of one day a week for up to four years.

The role involves:

Attending all meetings of the Police Authority and committees/panel to which you may be appointed.

Keeping up to date with local and national policing developments.

Representing the Police Authority in discussions with other interested parties.

Attending local consultation meetings with the public.

Liasing with local community representatives on policing issues.

The closing date for applications is December 6, 2002.

To find out more contact Ian Rands on 01473 584118 or go to www.apa.police/apply

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